Chapter 9.5 Typical interatomic distances: organic compounds

Mathematical, physical and chemical tables

First Online Edition (2006)

Part 9. Basic structural features

  1. F. H. Allen1,
  2. D. G. Watson1,
  3. L. Brammer2,
  4. A. G. Orpen3,
  5. R. Taylor1

Published Online: 1 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1107/97809553602060000621

International Tables for Crystallography

International Tables for Crystallography

How to Cite

Allen, F. H., Watson, D. G., Brammer, L., Orpen, A. G. and Taylor, R. 2006. Typical interatomic distances: organic compounds. International Tables for Crystallography. C:9:9.5:790–811.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, England

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri–St Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St Louis, MO 63121-4499, USA

  3. 3

    School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS, England

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JAN 2006


Mean bond lengths for organic compounds, derived from the Cambridge Structural Database, are tabulated for 625 different bond types involving the elements C, H, N, O, B, F, P, S, Cl, As, Se, Br, Te and I. Associated statistical information characterizes each of the distributions, which are derived from both X-ray and neutron diffraction data.


  • basic structural features;
  • bonds;
  • interatomic distances;
  • organic compounds